KUALA LUMPUR: Claims of corruption in the PKR elections should be investigated, says its deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic).
Azmin, who is also Economic Affairs Minister, said that an "open and transparent" investigation should be conducted on the claims made by several leaders and members of the party, including president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
"I have said before that the Central Election Committee (JPP) needs to act as an independent body so that (party) elections can be conducted with integrity and fairness.
"JPP can't be influenced by any political pressures from any leaders," he said.
He also called for members who have strong proof of corruption to hand in evidence to help investigations.
He was talking to reporters after giving a closing speech at the Anti-Corruption Summit 2018 held at a hotel on Tuesday (Oct 30).
He said that he hoped the Sarawak and Sabah voting sessions will run smoothly, after a controversial run in the Peninsular, with claims of "missing" votes in states such as Melaka, Negri Sembilan, and Selangor.
"I hope the process will be very transparent and voters and members will come out and vote peacefully. But JPP must ensure that all facilities are provided to ensure a smooth election process.
"Look at what happened in Selangor; votes went missing. In Ampang alone, 1,100 votes were missing (while) in my own division, 800 were missing.
"You just imagine if these votes were counted in an open manner, certainly my margin of victory would be much bigger than what I secured at present. But let them investigate," he added.
Azmin is locked in a close fight with vice-president Rafizi Ramli for the deputy president's post.